The South Dakota State University Agricultural Experiment Station recently released two new hard red spring wheat varieties.
The new varieties are called Advance and Forefront. They were developed to excel in two distinctly different growing conditions present in region.
Advance is adapted to the cooler and wetter growing conditions central and eastern South Dakota has experienced the last few years, says Karl Glover, SDSU associate professor of spring wheat breeding.
"Advance is really adapted to conditions where moisture and heat stress are not present. It wasn't until 2008, when weather conditions began to change from hot and dry to more humid and cool that we had the ability to select for what became Advance," he says.
Forefront is adapted to hotter, drier conditions.
Both varieties carry yield advantages, have high test weights and are resistant to leaf and stem rust. Advance is more resistant to bacterial leaf streak - a disease which favors cooler, wetter growing conditions, Glover says.